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Monday, December 17, 2018
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Monday, December 17, 2018
With the impact of climate change an increasingly pressing global issue, a new generation of start-ups in Kenya is developing new technologies to combat global warming. As Rael Ombuor reports from Nairobi, the technologies offer both environmental and financial sustainability. (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
An outdoor holiday market in downtown Washington has become a popular annual tradition. Every holiday season for the past 14 years, small business owners from across the U.S. and overseas come to the heart of the nation’s capital to sell their crafts in a festive, village environment. Visitors from all corners of the U.S. get to enjoy live music, exotic street food and the opportunity to meet the artisans who made the one-of-a-kind products they're purchasing. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more. (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
Right-wing groups organized a massive protest Sunday in Belgium against the United Nation's agreement on global migration. The deal, signed by more than 160 nations last week in Morocco, calls for safe orderly and regular migration to avoid humanitarian crises of recent years. But many Europeans fear the pact could lead to an increase in immigration. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports. (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
Mexico's new president is asking businesses to invest in the Maya Train, a railway line that would link passengers to archaeological sites and popular tourist destinations. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador engaged in a traditional religious ceremony in the Mayan language Sunday, calling on the ancestors to give their blessings to the project.  The governors of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan were also present at the ceremony. The president said there is... (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country. The 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said is inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants. She said she wore red because "when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I... (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
Vietnam is gradually offering the eager Chinese new places to invest, from real estate to factory production, despite its history of resisting China over political issues. Chinese investors are buying property in the financial center, Ho Chi Minh City, and may get a chance from next year to lease land for up to 99 years in three special economic zones. A bill to open those zones is due for legislative action in early 2019 after being called off twice this year due to public... (Full Story)
Monday, December 17, 2018
Pakistan-arranged "peace talks" between American and Taliban officials began Monday in the United Arab Emirates to push a political settlement to the war in Afghanistan.  Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal reiterated that Islamabad, along with international community and other stakeholders, is committed to peace and reconciliation in the war-ravaged neighboring country.  “Talks are being held in UAE. We hope this will end bloodshed in Afghanistan... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Summary During the two previous cycles of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Cambodia accepted 301 recommendations out of 343, but has largely failed to implement the accepted recommendations. Since Cambodia’s previous UPR in 2014, the government has intensified its onslaught on Cambodia’s political opposition, civil society, and independent media, with the aim of dismantling, silencing, and exiling them in the lead-up to the general election on July 29, 2018. Apparently responding to significant drop in electoral support for the ruling Cambodian Peoples’ Party (CPP) during the 2013 general election… (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Shortly before this submission was filed, Eritrea and Ethiopia jointly agreed to end the “state of war” between them.  (Joint Declaration, Jun. 9, 2018).  Assuming they carry out their pledges, the countries’ intention to open “a new era of peace and friendship” will benefit the entire region. It is less certain that peace will benefit the citizens of Eritrea.  Since at least 1998, President Isaias Afewerki has used Eritrea’s tense relationship with Ethiopia as the illegitimate justification for unrestrained oppression and the denial of human rights.  With the end of the “state of war,” Isaias’s… (Full Story)
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